25 Jan '12, 3am

Obama pledges new efforts on clean energy

Obama pledges new efforts on clean energy

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama on Tuesday pledged that he would not back down on efforts to boost clean energy, warning that the United States risked being left behind by China and Germany. But in a nod to political realities, Obama acknowledged in his annual State of the Union address that the deeply divided Congress would not approve comprehensive legislation to fight climate change. Obama cast himself as a supporter of all forms of energy. He vowed "every possible action" to develop natural gas and pledged support for "fracking," the controversial technology that extracts gas from rock deep under the soil. "This country needs an all-out, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy -- a strategy that's cleaner, cheaper and full of new jobs," Obama said, bringing a sustained ovation from lawmakers in the joint session of Congress....

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